Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson has revealed that Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann has played a big role in his decision to join the Bundesliga side this summer.
The 18-year-old, who signed a long-term deal with the Gunners in August this year, has surprisingly left the club on a season-long loan deal.
“A loan wasn’t always my first option, but when I heard Hoffenheim was an option for me and working with the manager there, it was something I wanted to do. Julian’s a great manager and he’s got belief in young players so it’s a good place for me to go and play.”
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Explaining his decision to join Hoffenheim, Nelson told The FA website: “A loan wasn’t always my first option, but when I heard the Bundesliga and Hoffenheim was an option for me and working with the manager there, it was something I wanted to do.”
“Julian’s a great manager and he’s got belief in young players so it’s a good place for me to go and play. He’s very young, he’s only 31 and I think it’s important to go to a team and a coach who believes in you, so he was the main reason because he is willing to play us.”
“It was hard to leave my boyhood club Arsenal, it’s still my dream to play for Arsenal, but I know I have to put that on hold and go and play abroad to get some experience in Germany.”
“So I’m trying to do my stuff there, get stronger and come back ready to play for Arsenal’s first team, so I had to take the opportunity to go there.”
Nelson has scored two goals in his appearances for Hoffenheim across all competitions since moving to Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in the summer.